Still B.I.G.: 'Hits' tops chart
EmptyFor the first time since November, five of the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 are debuts. But again this week, no discs crossed the 100,000-unit mark.
The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Greatest Hits" bows at No. 1, selling 99,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending March 11. The Bad Boy release is the rapper's third chart-topper, his second posthumously, and features the previously unreleased tracks "Running Your Mouth" and "Want That Old Thing Back." The Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was shot to death 10 years ago this week.
Montreal-based rock troupe the Arcade Fire scores its best charting and sales week with the No. 2 debut of "Neon Bible" (Merge). Moving 92,000, the septet's sophomore album blows past the No. 131 peak of its 2004 debut, "Funeral."
After crowning the big chart last week for a second time, Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut slips to No. 3 on 82,000 copies scanned. Akon's "Konvicted" (SRC/Universal) also drops a spot to No. 4 with 76,000 sold.
Another "Greatest Hits" bows in the top tier as country crooner Gary Allan's MCA Nashville set moved 70,000 to land at No. 5. Gotee Records' "Five Score and Seven Years Ago" from Ohio punk-pop group Relient K debuts at No. 6 on 64,000, a high-water mark in both respects for the five-piece.
Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) falls five rungs to No. 7 on 59,000, while Fall Out Boy's "Infinity on High" (Island) drops four spots to No. 8 with 58,000.
Korn earns its seventh top 10 album with "MTV Unplugged," which enters at No. 9 with 51,000, and Robin Thicke's Interscope album "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" rounds out the top tier, slipping five notches with 47,000.
Three hard rock acts arrive in the top 50 this week: Sevendust's "Alpha," released via the band's own Seven Bros. imprint, starts at No. 14 with 42,000; Finger Eleven's "Them vs. You vs. Me" (Wind-up) bows at No. 31 on 19,000; and Chimaira's "Resurrection" (Ferret) opens at No. 42 with 16,000.
Album sales are up 2% from last week's total at 8.66 million units but down 19% compared with the same week last year. Overall album sales for the year are down 16.4% from 2006 at 90.7 million units.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.